Throw in the Towel and More for Refugees

St. Mary’s Refugee Committee invites you to take part in this Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County (RRCLC) Relief Kit project. Our committee, which includes some great cooks, will be hosting coffee hour after each service on June 18. At that time, we will collect new bath towels and other bucket items, as well as funds for the RRCLC Relief Kit project. There will also be information available about RRCLC and the plight of refugees around the world.

What Can One Person Do?

What can one person do? -- A lot!  You can bring help and hope to a refugee family overseas by making or helping to fill a relief kit bucket. Relief kits remind refugee families that someone cares.

RRCLC is working through the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), who partners with Caritas (the worldwide relief agency of the Catholic Church). MCC will ship more than 12,000 relief kits to the Middle East this year, many to families in Syrian refugee camps. 

A relief kit costs approximately $25-$30 to complete. Kit supplies and financial donations are appreciated. Checks should be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, with “for relief kits” on the memo line.

What should I pack into a Relief Kit? We will have a bucket available on June 18 for you to help fill during coffee hour. 

All items should be new, please

  •     4 bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
  •     4 adult size toothbrushes
  •     4 large bars bath soap
  •     2 wide-tooth combs (6-8 inches)
  •     1 box Band-Aids (minimum 40 count, assorted sizes)
  •     1 fingernail clipper (good quality)
  •     1 package sanitary pads (18-24 count, thin maxi)
  •     1 bottle shampoo (13-24 oz; placed in resealable plastic bag)
  •     4 large bars laundry soap (Fels Naptha, Sunlight, or Zote brands)

United Nations World Refugee Day has been observed annually on June 20 since 2001, to honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. RRCLC is teaming with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene (UUCE) to celebrate World Refugee Day on Tuesday, June 20. The event will take place at the UUCE (1685 West 13th Ave in Eugene) 5:30-8:30 PM.

There will be live music, food carts, information tables, and a talk by Dr. Kristen Yarris followed by a question-and-answer panel discussion on refugees. St. Mary’s Refugee Committee will deliver our filled buckets to this event, along with Relief Kit items and funds designated for this project. For more information about this community event contact Christine Zeller-Powell or Katharine Hunt.